Northern Ireland

Blinds maker Decora creates 79 jobs in £2m investment

Arlene Foster and Decora managing director Stuart Dickson
Image caption Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster met Decora's Stuart Dickson at the jobs announcement

A Lisburn company which makes window blinds is creating 79 jobs, Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has announced.

Decora Blind Systems is investing more than £2m over the next two years, supported by additional funding of £237,000 from Invest NI.

The firm, which started as a small family-owned business in 1979, currently employs 377 people.

Managing director Stuart Dickson said they aimed to strengthen their manufacturing capabilities.

He said this included "the high-end home automation market", and the investment would also develop their ability to provide wholesale customers with bespoke systems.

"Over the years we have received a range of support from Invest NI, which has helped us with technical issues, product development and marketing," he said.

"This latest support ensures we can move quickly to put jobs in place and continue to build on the company's market share."

Mrs Foster said: "Decora's success has been characterised by continuous innovation that has led to it becoming a successful and established brand in the UK.

"The development of new product lines and increased levels of marketing will support the company's aims of further growth.

"Invest Northern Ireland's Jobs Fund has helped many companies like Decora Blind Systems to quickly access support for job creation, which is so important to revitalising our economy."

Decora's clients include some of the largest independent blind companies in the UK.

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